Oct. 19, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - Nanda McCormick's third goal in as many matches was again the deciding factor in the Gonzaga University women's soccer team's 1-0 overtime win over West Coast Conference foe University of San Diego Thursday night in San Diego.
With their third consecutive win, the Zags improve to 9-6-1 overall, including a 3-1-0 record in WCC play. The Toreros fall to 9-7-0 overall, including 1-3-0 against WCC opponents.
McCormick's match-winning goal came almost three and a half minutes into the overtime period at 93:22. Lacey Castleberry took a shot which hit off the goal post before McCormick was able to take the rebound and shoot it in past USD goalkeeper Karen Cook.
The lone goal of the match was McCormick's team-leading fifth of the season, including her third game-winner in the past three matches. The goal was also the 14th goal of her career, placing her in a tie for fourth in the Bulldog career record book.
The Toreros and Bulldogs played evenly in the first half, each posting four shots, before USD held the shot advantage in the second half 9-3. For the entire match, the Toreros held a 14-9 edge. San Diego also held a 7-3 corner kick advantage.
GU rookie goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her six shutout of the season, posting five saves.
The Bulldogs will return to the pitch Sunday to face fourth-ranked Santa Clara University at 1 p.m. in Santa Clara. The match will mark the third time in four weeks that the Zags have faced a team ranked in the top-five. Gonzaga previously faced then-No. 5 UCLA and then-No. 4 University of Portland.